One of the Academy’s top advocacy priorities is ensuring children have access to high-quality, affordable health care that meets their unique needs. The Academy is currently working at the state and federal levels to support the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and to protect and strengthen Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
In a letter to the editor of the New York Times (7/11) in response to the front page story titled “U.S. Delegation Disrupts Accord on Breast Milk,” Colleen Kraft, MD, FAAP, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Lisa Hollier, MD, president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, write, “The discussions at the World Health Assembly reveal that mothers still lack the support they need to initiate and continue breast-feeding their infants.” Drs. Kraft and Hollier conclude, “As physicians who care for women and children, we urge the United States and every country to protect, promote and support breast-feeding for the health of all women, children and families.”
As part of an ongoing series, the AAP has released its July public service announcement on safe medication storage.
Every year, more than 60,000 kids end up in the emergency room because they were able to access medicine when an adult wasn’t looking. In this public service announcement from the AAP, Dr. Shelly Flais explains how to protect children by safely storing medicine at home. Health care providers can share the PSA on practice websites or social media by using this code: <iframe width=”854″ height=”480″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/bUal9CbiKts” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe> The video is available for viewing on YouTube at https://youtu.be/bUal9CbiKts. And in addition to this PSA, HealthyChildren.org has more information for parents on this topic.
Download the factsheet with the following link:
Juul are a new type of e-cigarette that are highly popular among teens. These devices have doubled the nicotine content of other e-cigarettes, so they are highly addictive. Juul has been receiving increased media attention because these devices look like flash drives and are being used in schools. The AAP has created a fact sheet to help clinicians, parents and educators identify and address “Juuling” with patients, teens and students. Visit the AAP Richmond Center to download the fact sheet.
Yesterday marked 100 days since Congress has failed to extend long-term funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Join us tomorrow, Wednesday, January 10, for a CHIP Day of Action and tell Congress to fund CHIP long-term immediately.
Congressional inaction has created a dire situation for children, families and state legislatures.
Congress passed short-term funding for the program in December, but it falls far short from providing the stability that families and states need. Inadequate, patchwork funding is not the answer.
States have started to notify families that they may not have a source of coverage should Congress fail to enact a long-term extension of CHIP funding, and several states have started to use funds meant to operate the program to start shutting it down.
Congress must pass a spending bill to avert a federal government shutdown by January 19. As part of that vote, we are urging lawmakers to take immediate action and extend CHIP funding for five years.
How to Join Tomorrow’s Day of Action:
As a reminder, the AAP’s CHIP Advocacy Toolkit includes all of this information and more, such as CHIP state fact sheets, information on state of play and social media graphics. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to speaking up for children and families who rely on CHIP!